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Tri-County Job Fair Aims To Match Employers With Much Needed Workers

With disaster unemployment benefits over, thousands of South Mississippians must now search for jobs. Tuesday's Tri-County Job Fair offered plenty of opportunity to connect job seekers with businesses desparate to find workers.

"We have 77 employers interviewing and looks like we have a full house," Carla Todd with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce said as the job fair began.

Those seeking work did not have to look very far. From big corporations to small business, employers were out hunting for South Mississipians to help fill the employment gap.

"That is the number one problem for our business community right now in Jackson County and across the Mississppi Gulf Coast is gettting qualified workers," Todd said.

Carla Todd believes the Tri County Job Fair is always a good place to link businesses with workers. This year, that task is more important than ever.

"Northrop Grumman... has over 500 positions they are hoping to fill today."

Beau Rivage Casino Resort is another employeer looking to hire hundreds of workers. The resort reopens in less than three months, so recruiting workers now is a must.

"Food and beverage, to management, to retail, casino operations types of jobs," Jessica Stewart with Beau Rivage said. "Basically anything people are looking for, we have a good fit for them."

Kevin Rogers of Biloxi is one those who hopes to find a good fit with a new career. He retires from the Navy next month.

"I think it is a good time," Rogers said. "I think the market is ready for people like me, just hungry for a job and starting early."

Eric Benans says has same appetite for summer employment.

"I think anyone could get a job now. So I am here to get a job," Benans said.

And those on the hiring end hope to find many more people with that same goal.

The Tri-County Job Fair is usually held twice a year at the Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. But hurricane damage to the coliseum moved the event to Singing River Mall in Gautier.

by Patrice Clark

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